Bernice Teague McCord

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Bernice Teague McCord

Nashville, TN

Bernice was born in the Tucker's Chapel Community in Cherokee County, AL on August 29, 1911.

She passed away on January 15th, 2014 at age 102, at the home of her daughter in Nashville.

She was the sixth of eight children born to William Magness Teague and Ellie Tucker Teague. She was a graduate of DeKalb County High School in Ft. Payne, AL and St. Thomas Hospital School of Nursing in Nashville. She also attended Vanderbilt University, majoring in Public Health.

While living in Nashville, she met and married John Emile McCord in 1934. She lived in Goodlettsville before moving to Cedar Bluff, AL in the early 1980's. She worked as a Staff and Supervising Nurse at the Davidson County Health Dept. during World War II, and retired from the DuPont Company in 1973. She was a nurse in the Medical Dept. at the DuPont Dacron plant in Old Hickory for 27 years.

Her husband died in 1987 and she is survived by two children, son, John Edgar (Pat) and wife Betty of Cedar Bluff, AL; and daughter, Lillian Curley and husband Jim of Nashville. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

During her years in Goodlettsville, she was active in the Garden Club and Connell Memorial Methodist Church. She loved growing and arranging beautiful flowers, and always looked forward to Spring and the return of the hummingbirds.

Known as "BB" to her family and "Bea" or "Miss Bernice" to many, she was loving, generous, fiercely independent, and an inspiration to her family and friends. May she rest in peace.

Services were held in Cedar Bluff, AL. Her family would be honored if donations in her memory be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203.

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Published in The Tennessean on Jan. 19, 2014
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